Spanish photographer Sebastian Liste has won the 2010 Ian Parry Scholarship (IPS) for his powerful black and white story, Urban Quilombo, documenting the lives of 60 homeless families occupying the Galpão da Araújo Barreto, an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
The annual competition is open to photographers of any nationality who are either attending a full-time, recognised photography course or who are aged 24 and under. Liste wins the main prize of £3,000 that goes towards his assignment. Liz Hingley (UK) was named as Highly Commended, and Matt Eich (USA) was given a Commendation. An Honourable Mention was given to Ed Ou (Canada) and a Special Commendation to Rodrigo Alfaro (Argentina). The award is named after Ian Parry who died, aged 24, while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian Revolution in 1989.
The organizers said that the level of entries it received this year was "higher and more focused than ever before". The competition was judged by Don McCullin (Patron), Jon Levy (Publisher, Foto8), Marcus Bleasdale (VII Photo and IPS Winner 2000), Jon Jones (Director of Photography at the Sunday Times Magazine), Steve Blogg (Getty Images) and members of Ian Parry's family, Charles and John.
The judging is done as a process of elimination, so portfolios are removed from each round depending on their strength as a potential winner. The final rounds of portfolios, from photographers at Institutions like Pathshala, Newport, Westminster, London College of Communications, Falmouth, Missouri, Barcelona, Ohio, Danish School of Journalism and Tisch NY, showed such flair and extraordinary vision that the judges found it difficult to select just three finalists, said the organisers.
Don McCullin said of Liste's winning work: "This is a very moving story. You have to have more than just ability as a photographer. You also need to have fluency in your story. It's important not to create just a set of individual pictures. If the images work together we get a much more informative picture of what's going on in the world; photography such as this, deeply engages with issues."
Jon Levy said: "The standard and ambition of the entries challenge me to live up to the expectations of tomorrow's photographers. Each year the IPS sets a high standard for achieving this endeavor, it acts as a call to all editors to work harder and look more widely to recognise and award talented photojournalists today." Jon Jones of the Sunday Times Magazine said: "Sebastian Liste's work is of the highest standard for such a young photographer."
"The IPS is a unique chance for emerging photojournalists to not only have their work assessed and circulated within the wider context of the professional photographic industry but also published in a major national newspaper. Entering awards has now become the most effective way to showcase your work and I would encourage more students to invest in this kind of free promotion," said Rebecca McClelland, IPS Deputy Director.
Save The Children is again sponsoring the award by offering one of the finalists an all expenses paid assignment under the management of Rachel Palmer, its Film & Photography Manager. In addition, World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner onto its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. The IPS is supported by Getty Images, Canon Europe and the Sunday Times Magazine, which publishes all the finalist's work.
An exhibition of the work will be held at the Getty Images Gallery in London from the 16 August 2010 for one week.